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William H. Bates, II

September 21, 1953 February 7, 2018
William H. Bates, II
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Obituary for William H. Bates, II

William Bates, aged 64, most recently of East Norriton, PA, passed on February 7, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Bill (or Billy, as he was known to those closest to him) was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, hunting, and skiing in his healthy years. Bill was born on September 21, 1953 to William H. Bates Sr and Charlotte Criss Bates, both of whom predeceased him, and grew up in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. While Bill lived most of his adult life in Philadelphia, his best times were spent on the banks of the Delaware River, in the woods of Schuylkill County, and on the fields of Chester County. He was married for 33 years, following a whirlwind romance in 1976, to Helene Patselas Bates, who predeceased him in February 2017. Bill is survived by his daughter, Jenna O’Rourke, son-in-law Brian and two granddaughters, Fiona and Eloise. Bill is also survived by his brother Jeffrey Bates and niece Melissa Bates. Services will be private. Please make any memorial donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation.


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